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Oral Answer by Mr Zaqy Mohamad, Minister of State for Manpower, to Parliamentary Question on Industry Transformation Maps

NOTICE PAPER NO. 1938 OF 2019 FOR THE SITTING ON 06 JANUARY 2020
QUESTION NO. 3391 FOR ORAL ANSWER

MP: Mr Pritam Singh

To ask the Minister for Manpower whether the Ministry will detail the number of new jobs filled by Singaporeans, PRs and foreigners respectively for each industry covered by the Industry Transformation Maps (ITM) henceforth; and (b) whether it can provide these statistics for each ITM since the inception of the respective ITMs to date.

Answer

  1. The 23 Industry Transformation Maps (ITMs) were launched progressively from late 2016, with the majority launched only in 2018. Changes in workforce profile depend on a variety of factors which can be structural or cyclical in nature.To assess the impact of ITMs, it will be more meaningful to look at employment outcomes over the medium to longer term.

  2. Nonetheless, we can look at employment change across the 23 ITM sectors from 2015, before the launch of ITMs, to 2018. Between 2015 and 2018, total employment (excluding foreign domestic workers) in these sectors grew by 19,500. This was made up of:
    1. increase in employment of Singapore Citizens (SCs) by 39,300;
    2. increase in employment of Permanent Residents (PRs) by 8,600; and
    3. decrease in employment of foreigners by 28,500.

  3. These numbers are encouraging because we have been making the effort to secure jobs for Singaporeans. We are making progress on this front. Singaporeans have consistently worked hard to update our skills and stay relevant.Between 2015 and 2018, the training participation rate of the resident labour force aged 15 to 64 increased from 35% to 48%. From 2016 until September 2019, Workforce Singapore and NTUC’s Employment and Employability Institute have also helped 93,000 locals move into new jobs through the Adapt & Grow initiative.